“Eat your veggies”
We are used to hearing this from our parents growing up but the importance of why and how never really stuck. As a nutrition coach, one of the most common habits I am assigning to my clients is for them to eat more vegetables.
Easier said than done.
Why? Because eating your vegetables can be boring. And the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this, is how bland and flavourless vegetables taste.
But I am going to teach you how to make this habit easier, and how to prep vegetables in a way that is actually palatable to you.
Lets make eating vegetables for every meal a regular thing you for you :)
What to eat.
There is no point forcing yourself to eat vegetables that you dislike (at least at first). Start with the vegetables that you know that you can tolerate and like. When I started to improve my nutrition I literally ate only carrots as my vegetable source.
Because that was the only vegetable that I kind of liked and could tolerate.
Once I became consistent in prepping and cooking said carrots, I started to experiment and try other vegetables.
I started to realise that veggies don’t have to be boring and bland, they can taste pretty good!
Fast forward to now, I regularly include:
Tomatoes (this is a big one because I HATED tomatoes)
And continue to experiment with veggies I can find on the island. Now don’t get me wrong there are still veggies I dislike and will not eat, like onions for example. But my range of whole foods has otherwise improved a bunch.
Make it easier for you to eat your vegetables by starting with your tastebuds.
HOW to cook:
Steam, boil , oven bake , fry, Grill
It is really up to you:
Personally I like to steam my vegetables with a bit of seasoning, because its really easy and it takes like 10 minutes. But its really up to you, give any of these methods a go and see which method you like.
How much vegetables should I eat? (Portions)
1 portion of vegetables equates to 1 fist size. Generally you want to aim for 2-3 fist per meal for males and 1-2 fists for females.
Ideally most if your plate should be made up of vegetables.
Some general benefits that you may experience when including more plant foods in your diet are:
Having a complete array of micronutrients (like calcium, magnesium and other electrolytes) is necessary for fully functioning body processes, like transporting oxygen and sending electrical signals to muscles. Vegetables are pretty important.
With the right amount and variety of vegetables, you'll feel effects in muscle coordination, appetite regulation, and mental clarity.
Including more vegetables (and other minimally processed nutrient dense foods) is going to improve so many things in your life. How you feel throughout the day, mental clarity, your mood etc. It’s not something that you’ll experience right away, usually people start feeling the benefits of eating more vegetables after a few weeks, which can be really motivating to continue on with it.
Because you have experienced what it feels like to operate at an optimal level, you’re less likely to want to go back to the way you were eating before. That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy the foods you used to, go for it!
As long as you have eaten your vegetables for the day ;)